Wednesday, October 27, 2010

5 Ways to Save on Custom Wedding Stationery

It's no secret that the economy isn't at it's best right now. But you still have a wedding to plan and you want custom designed stationery to set the tone for your big day without breaking thebank. So how do you do it?

Here are 5 great ideas:
  1. DIY- Doing the production work yourself can save you a good bit of money. Many stationery designers are now offering digital template designs that can be customized with your fonts and colors and sent to you in a PDF form for you to print at home or take to your local printer. Many stationers are also offering the option of designing and printing. Then you take care of the cutting and assembly. Click here to see our growing collection of digital designs.
  2. PostCard Reply Card vs Traditional Reply Card with Envelope - I've done a few of these and they always turn out super cute. Not only will you save money because you won't need an envelope, you'll also save on postage - post cards cost only $.28 to mail.
  3. Non-Square Invitations - Did you know that it costs approximately $.20 more to mail a square invitation then a rectangle invitation? It's true. Something to consider when mapping out your stationery budget. (You do have a stationery budget don't you?!)
  4. In-House Printing - Your going to save money if your stationer offers in-house printing. Most stationers who offer in-house printing have professional quality ink-jet and laser-jet printers which do a beautiful job.
  5. Forgo Seating Assignments - thus eliminating the need for place cards and table cards. This is a growing tradition which I would never recommend if I hadn't been a guest at our friends Nick &Irene's wedding recently. I will admit I was a little nervous about how it was going to pan out for them. Turns out, not having assigned seating created a fun, relaxed atmosphere and theirs was one of the best weddings I've ever attended.

I hope these tips help, please feel free to comment any other tips or ideas you may have up your sleeve.
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Friday, October 8, 2010

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Meghan & Frank: Beach Themed Wedding Stationery

One of my sweetest clients, Meghan, contacted me during the summer of 2009 for her wedding invitations & reception stationery. Her wedding was in August, 2010 and took place in Atlantic City, NJ. She wanted to incorporate her colors - pink & green (one of my fave color combos). Meghan also wanted to include starfish and beach grass, and she told me "We're hoping to incorporate a few monopoly things here and there but still keep that beachy feel." We started bouncing ideas around and here is the beautiful stationery suite we designed together!

We used a post card reply card for the invitations. They're a great way to cut back on the expense of a reply envelope AND postage. I also think they're adorable.

After the invitations were finished, we went on to design Meghan and Frank's reception stationery. Their tables were named after Monopoly streets. We used both the metallic green and metallic pink paper for the backing for the cards. So pretty! I know Meghan was planning on tying the place cards to little starfish. I bet they looked fabulous!

Meghan and Frank replaced the traditional guest book with the Guest Book Wine Bottles I blogged about awhile ago. Here is the card I designed and made for them.

Their programs were layered flat panels, printed on both sides. We also used both the green and pink paper to back the programs.

And last but not least, I made these pretty thank you cards to complete the set!
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